The Ultimate Gift Guide for Educators

‘Tis the season of giving! I know how hard it can be to shop for your colleagues, so to help you out this holiday season, I’ve pulled together a list of gift ideas for administrators, principals, teachers, or anyone else on your holiday gift list!

For the first-year teacher: For the new teacher who is busy and on the go, an e-book makes a great gift. I suggest The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, an e-book from author Robert J. Marzano. The Art and Science of Teaching presents a model for helping ensure high-quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. This is perfect for the teacher who is just getting started in the classroom.

For the overworked educator (and who isn’t!): You know the saying, “never work harder than your students”? Now the philosophy is a whole book! Check out Robyn Jackson’s book, Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, and grab it for a colleague who needs a pick-me-up.

For the school’s technology whiz: Grab Using Technology with Classroom Instruction That Works, 2nd Edition. It’s perfect for your resident tech guru. In this updated edition of the ASCD best seller, authors Howard Pitler, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, and Matt Kuhn offer a multitude of strategies for using social networks, mobile devices, web-based multimedia tools, and other technology applications in the classroom.

For the staff morale-booster: You know, the one who is always baking cookies for the break room? Send them new ideas with One Hundred Plus Ways to Recognize and Reward Your School Staff, by Emily E. Houck. This book provides school administrators with practical, easy-to-use, and inexpensive ways to reward and recognize the efforts of their staff. More than 100 ideas are divided into three categories, based on the amount of effort they require. This invaluable guide will help principals and superintendents everywhere bring out the best in their teachers and staff members.

For the gift that keeps on giving: The staffer who is always looking for the next big thing in education needs to be at ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago, Ill. The conference will feature more than 400 sessions on topics ranging from teacher effectiveness to leadership strategies to implementing the Common Core State Standards. In addition, sessions will focus on effectively integrating the latest technology into instruction. All sessions are developed so that educators can return to their schools and districts and quickly implement what they’ve learned. Pick them up a conference pass, and if you’re feeling extra generous, throw in a Pre-Conference Institute. This is truly a gift for everyone, because the ideas gained at conference will benefit your entire staff!

Haven’t found the perfect gift? Browse our entire library of books or videos. Books and videos aren’t their thing? Grab an ASCD membership and get a subscription to our flagship publication Education Leadership magazine. You can even gift a PD Online® course—they start at just $99.

However you choose to celebrate the holiday season, we’re honored to be a part of your learning and development. Cheers to a merry and bright new year!

Katie Test is a public relations and social media professional on the ASCD Communications team. Prior to joining the communications team at ASCD, she worked for D.C. Public Schools, Durham Public Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools as a communications staffer.